What will be the biggest obstacle facing the wall and ceiling industry in 2016?
In your opinion, what will be the biggest obstacle facing the wall and ceiling industry in 2016, and what needs to be done to overcome this obstacle?
Labor is the biggest obstacle. Amnesty is the only solution. The ball has been kicked so far down the road we are at a crisis.
A qualified labor force. Find and train younger people into the fields. Try to recruit ex-military people.
Finding quality workers is the biggest obstacle facing the wall and ceiling industry.
—Carol Kimmel Schary, Nathan Kimmel Company, Los Angeles, California
The biggest problem we see is the multilayer process. Extremely time consuming. Need unitized walls complete at an economical cost.
The biggest obstacle to overcome in 2016 is finding qualified labor. Automation is the key as it has been in other industries.
Hand revealed tegular/rebated ceiling tiles at the perimeter fail to take into account the seismic movement that the acoustical ceiling grid system is designed to do in a seismic event. This practise needs to change. To my knowledge all seismic testing of acoustical ceiling have been done with square edge tiles.
Suppliers continue to raise their prices on materials. But contractors have to lower their prices to compete with cheaper labor. The problem is no different than farmers who claim no one will pick their fields. American skilled labor will not work for wages they were paid 20 years ago. My business was built with our motto of quality, quantity and warranty. I supplied 20 men with a 40-hour paycheck every week for 20 years. Today the only item builders care about is who is cheapest.
1. Unfair contracts: Stop signing them. 2. Training new hires. Industry must take lead in developing online training with follow-through by companies.
Manpower that has the skills to perform the trade-specific task for the immediate future and training to replace the ageing supervisory workforce that will be leaving the trade in droves over the next five to 10 years.
High skilled workers shortage—a lot of people retiring and not enough people to replace them.
Maintain margin dollars as customer demand for material drops. How we respond in cutting expenses will be critical to maintaining an acceptable financial condition.
2016 looks to be another banner year for work, but will present difficulties.
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